Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hymn Lyrics for John 7:37-8:12

Just a quick note about these lyrics based on John 8 and the woman caught in adultery. I believe Jesus writes on the ground in a clear allusion to this verse from Jeremiah 17:13:
O LORD, the hope of Israel,
all who forsake you shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth,
for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.
The Jewish leaders are forsaking Jesus who is the Lord, the fountain of living water (John 7:37-39). They are much more guilty than the woman they bring to Jesus. For in forsaking Jesus, they are forsaking the Lord and Husband of Israel. The first verse of the hymn below is basically a paraphrase of Jeremiah 17:13. In this verse, writing a person's name in the dust of the earth means the opposite of being written in the Lamb's book of life (Rev. 21:27). With this understanding, the rest of the lyrics should make sense to those with ears to hear and eyes to see! --Bill

O Lord, You’re the Hope of Those Bearing Your Name

To the tune: ST. DENIO Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/103). Based on Jeremiah 17:13 and John 7:37-8:11. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
O Lord, You’re the hope of those bearing Your name,
but all who forsake You will be put to shame.
Their names will be written in dust of the earth,
forsaking the fountain who quenches our thirst.

v. 2
For Jesus is calling, Come to Me and drink,
I give living water to those who believe.
For Christ gives the Spirit from heaven above,
the gift of the Bridegroom to us in His love.

v. 3
Our Lord in the temple was sitting to teach,
when Pharisees came to entrap with deceit.
O look at this woman, in sin was she caught,
O should we not stone her as Moses has taught?

v. 4
How wicked this scheming to test Christ the Lord,
but Jesus in wisdom remembered the Word.
The Lord with His finger in dust did He write,
the One now forsaken, the Fountain of life.

v. 5
Our Lord rose from writing, to all of them spoke,
the one without sin ought to cast the first stone.
Then slowly but surely the people did leave,
the woman’s accusers gave her a reprieve.

v. 6
Would Jesus condemn now the woman who sinned?
For He is the Light, there’s no darkness in Him.
But He came in mercy to save not condemn,
delighting to pardon believers in Him.

v. 7
We praise You, O Father, for sending Your Son.
We would not forsake Him, but to Him we come.
We drink of the Spirit He graciously gives,
O lift us to heaven, in Christ we now live.

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